High Country News September 26, 1988
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Despite its posturing as the helpless colonial victim of powerful corporations and the federal government, the West isn't so much weak as it is passive.
Miles City, a community of 10,000 which has spent 100 years living and breathing ranching, is experiencing traumatic change as economic and other forces shove the family ranch off the Western stage.
Life in the region is possible if lived within the limits set by the region, rather than by standards set by the humid parts of the nation.
The rural West believes all wealth comes out of the ground as food, as logs or as mined ore. Now comes noted writer Peter F. Drucker to say that the land's commodities are increasingly irrelevant to the production of wealth.